9-29-2009

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COURT FIGHT CONTINUES OVER STATE EMPLOYEE CUTS

The legal wrangling over Governor Pat Quinn's plan to layoff thousands of state workers is not over.  A judge in southern Illinois has ordered Quinn not to layoff anyone until the administration and AFSCME can come to terms on how to trim workers from Illinois prisons, including the Vandalia and Decauter prisons, and other state offices.  The Governor is promising an appeal.  Anders Lindall with AFSCME says that will only make things worse.  Quinn says the layoffs are necessary to try and get a handle on Illinois' budget.  Lindall says the union has other options that wouldn't cost anyone their job.  The judge in the case says he's ordering both sides to arbitration because he believes AFSCME's claims that job cuts could hurt state services and make prisons more dangerous.  This ruling does postponed proposed layoffs at the Vandalia Prison.   


TRUCK FIRE IN HIGHLAND

 

Highland Firemen were dispatched Sunday afternoon at 2:07 to a report of a truck fire at 13th and Washington Streets.  According to Highland Police, a Dodge pick-up truck, owned by Steve Polus, age 45, of Marine, was on fire in the middle of the intersection when firemen arrived.  Firemen extinguished the blaze but the truck was reportedly totally destroyed and towed from the scene.  The cause of the fire was probably due to a gas leak.  There were no injuries and firemen were on the scene for about 30 minutes.


JACKSON CONVICTED OF MURDER

 

According to Clinton County State's Attorney John Hudspeth, Anthony Jackson has been found guilty of the first-degree murder of Kevin Hamburg.   Jackson was convicted of shooting Hamburg to death, in Centralia, September 10, 2008.  Jackson faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Sentencing is scheduled for November 24, 2009.


OCTOBER IS "SHOP AT HOME" MONTH

 

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Business and Professional Association have declared October to be "Shop at Home" month, to promote the 3/50 program, a national effort to encourage you to do business locally.  The 3/50 program asks that you pick out three businesses in your community that you would not want to see leave town or go out of business and spend a total of $50.00 a month at these three businesses.  Local retailers and businesses are usually the ones that give back most to the community.  By participating in the 3/50 program, you will be helping your community and maybe even saving time and money.  For more information, call 664-9272.

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SPORTS

BLUEJAYS WIN SECTIONAL

 

The Greenville Bluejays baseball team are Sectional Champions. After Saturday's rainout, the Bluejays took on Pleasant Plains Monday afternoon at Pleasant Plains. The score was tied 1-1 after one inning but the Bluejays took the lead for good in the bottom of the second and went on to win 4-1. The Bluejays improved to 14-9-1 on the season and next play Frankfort Summit Hill, this Friday, October 2 in Peoria, at 2:30 p.m.


OBITUARIES

TRUMAN "HOTSHOT" LOWERY

 

Truman "Hotshot" Lowery, age 95, of Coffeen, passed away Sunday, September 27 at Montgomery Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services for 95 year-old Truman "Hotshot" Lowery will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time, at the funeral home.


 

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